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By R Carter

I tell myself I have a pretty good handle on what it’s like to be an addict, to recover from addiction and what ultimately kills the addict in the long run. My perceptions and informed sense of objectivity come from living with an addict for more than fifteen years, one who ultimately died from an overdose and watching her cross addict from one substance to the next. All the while, ignoring the underlying cause because that cause was the true source of her pain and discomfort, the thing she’s running away from and can’t face. Whether its because they’re arrogant and hard-headed, closed-minded and fearful, untrusting due to some previous betrayal, or all of the above, every addict has a core issue they’re unwilling to face that keeps them addicted and a significant other, who knowingly or unknowingly, enabled them to stay addicted.

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By R Carter

WBNS posted this headline last week, “Franklin County Coroner’s Office reports 12 suspected overdose deaths in 48-hour span“.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — The Franklin County Coroner’s Office said Saturday there’s been a recent spike in suspected overdose deaths. The coroner’s office reported that there have been 12 suspected overdose deaths in a 48-hour span. The coroner warns that recent social distancing can possibly trigger substance use. Despite the need to maintain a physical distance because of the coronavirus outbreak, people are still encouraged to check in on friends and family. The coroner’s office also encouraged people who know someone who’s struggling with addiction to keep naloxone and fentanyl testing strips nearby.

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Summary

What is already known about this topic?

In 2015, 37 million (17.1%) U.S. adults reported binge drinking approximately once a week and consumed an average of seven drinks per binge drinking episode, resulting in approximately 450 total binge drinks per adult who reported binge drinking annually.

What is added by this report?

From 2011 to 2017, the total number of binge drinks consumed annually by U.S. adults who reported binge drinking increased significantly, from 472 to 529. Significant increases were observed among adults who reported binge drinking of both sexes, those aged ≥35 years, and those with lower educational levels and household incomes.

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